Patriots

New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones (95) stretches before practice begins at the NFL football team's facility Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots will play the Kansas City Chiefs Monday night in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Patriots preparing to slow down Chiefs’ running game

Friday, September 26, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Vince Wilfork has played only two career games in Kansas City. That’s more than enough for New England’s All-Pro nose tackle to know exactly how loud Arrowhead Stadium will get on Monday night. “They’re probably one of the loudest, between them and Seattle, are the loudest stadiums I’ve ever played in,” Wilfork said Thursday in anticipation of the … 0

Patriots’ Hightower making strides on improved defense

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Dont’a Hightower and the New England Patriots defense have made great strides since their season-opening loss. Their past two opponents totaled one offensive touchdown. And the third-year linebacker had 15 tackles and two sacks in those games. Those were against Miami, Minnesota and Oakland, three teams with mediocre quarterbacks. The defense’s job gets tougher Monday against the Kansas City Chiefs and … 0

Pats offense still AWOL after 3 games

Monday, September 22, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots have plenty of time to get their offense rolling. The question is: Do they have the players? The offensive line is struggling to protect quarterback Tom Brady and open holes for running backs. The wide receivers, other than Julian Edelman, have contributed little. The tight end production will be limited until Rob Gronkowski regains his form after … 0

Sluggish Patriots outlast Raiders, 16-9

Sunday, September 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots had trouble getting into the end zone. Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork made sure the Oakland Raiders stayed out of the end zone in the final minute. An interception by the 325-pound Wilfork near his goal line gave the heavily favored Patriots the … 0

Revis a success in New England

Thursday, September 18, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Darrelle Revis didn’t divulge much when asked about his preference for facing a rookie quarterback. New England’s shutdown cornerback officially is a Patriot. “I can’t give you all of that,” the five-time Pro Bowler said with a laugh when questioned about potentially baiting Oakland rookie Derek … 0

Brady favorites carry the bulk of pass offense

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady is very comfortable throwing to Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski. The other Patriots he sends out on pass patterns? Not so much. Of Brady’s 44 completions this season, 20 have gone to Edelman and Gronkowski. Of his 78 passes, 32 were aimed at them. … 0

Pats’ defense faces unknown QB Carr

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots’ defense is preparing for a bit of the unknown in Oakland rookie quarterback Derek Carr this Sunday. Carr has played two games in the NFL, so there’s not a whole lot of video on him. New England coaches have watched plays from … 0

Pats offense a work in progress

Monday, September 15, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots host the Oakland Raiders this week hoping to rediscover their normally potent offense. The Patriots moved to 1-1 with Sunday’s 30-7 win at Minnesota. But after the game, which saw the defense pick off four of Matt Cassel’s passes and turn a … 0

Pats bury Vikes

Sunday, September 14, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS — The New England Patriots took full advantage of Adrian Peterson’s absence, though he might not have made much of a difference. Six sacks, four interceptions from Matt Cassel and a blocked field goal for a touchdown doomed the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, as the Patriots breezed to … 0

Gronk ready for Game 2

Thursday, September 11, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Rob Gronkowski looks to be in midseason form, at least when he’s spiking the ball after a touchdown. The rest of his game might take a while to get there. The New England Patriots star tight … 0

Pats’ D focusing Peterson

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots let Knowshon Moreno run for 134 yards in their season opener. Now they must face Adrian Peterson. Scary? “You know what? I love it,” defensive tackle Sealver Siliga said Wednesday. “This is going to be a good test and I think our … 0

McDaniels seeking strides vs. Vikings

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels knows the Patriots’ offense needs a better performance against Minnesota than it showed against Miami. After taking a 20-10 halftime lead, the Patriots wilted in the Florida heat and lost 33-20. “There was certainly an element in the second half … 0

Pro Roundup: O’s blank sloppy Sox, 4-0

Monday, September 8, 2014

BOSTON — Nelson Cruz had a pair of hits and Miguel Gonzalez took a shutout into the seventh inning as the Baltimore Orioles opened a double-digit lead in the AL East with a 4-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night. The Orioles lead the division … 0